Visionary Alternatives has expanded its original mission and added to its Advisory Board to reflect that mission. We are engaged in creating an educational campaign and have gathered some incredible individuals that are helping us with that endeavor. We have been fortunate to be able to assemble the exemplary professional individuals necessary to complete all aspects of this campaign. Look over our Board of Advisors and Directors and watch our three and a half minute promotional video, available on our home page to see what we are up to.
Why are we so urgent in our plea? Read
Today, we are witnessing the shrinking of forests, as soils erode and once healthy
land becomes desert. Our oceans are dying because of over fishing, and because
we have used them as sewers. Our industrial excesses are changing the very climate
of the planet, causing global warming, melting glaciers, and extreme, unpredictable
The earth's resources accumulated over eons of geological time. These precious
gifts are now being consumed at alarming rates, within a single lifetime. It
is estimated that our population was about 1.5 billion a little over a century
ago. But it is over 6 billion now, and is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.
With this exponential increase, we will soon exceed thresholds that nature never
intended for us to reach. No amount of political negotiation or economic manipulation
will allow nature to overcome those limits.
We are witnessing a host of new health challenges and are not keeping pace
them - the health of our planets citizenry continues to deteriorate. Many of
health challenges are related to what we've done to the earth. We are plagued
by the rapid evolution of new, exotic pathogens for which existing treatments
are useless. Many of our major, chronic diseases, are caused by how we live and
what we eat, weakening our natural immunities. Even among our young people, we
are now seeing the chronic diseases we used to associate only with the elderly.
We feel it is imperative to educate people of all ages -- about the real reasons
they are sick.
The accumulation of chemical pollutants in the environment is taking a heavy
toll. These effects have been a black hole in our knowledge, only beginning to
be investigated and understood. Over 100,000 unique compounds have been released
into our environment as the waste products of development. Blood tests of Americans
show measurable amounts of chemicals that did not even exist a century ago. We
don't yet know the full toxicity of these compounds, or their interactions with
each other. What is known is that many of these toxic chemicals disrupt the reproductive,
cellular, and developmental processes in humans and in many other species.
The excesses of our civilization are reflected in the excesses of our modern
diet. We have only begun to understand the role of this diet on our deteriorating
health. An even more important realization is this; the same dietary excesses
that create disease in individuals are directly related to the rapid demise of
our environment. For example, as John Robbins explains in his book, Diet for
a New America, "The livestock of the United States produce 20 times as much excrement
as the entire human population of the country." This incredible amount of waste
is leeching into our environment, with unforeseen and potentially disastrous
Robbins also states, "To produce a single pound of meat takes an average of 2500
gallons of water... as much as a typical family uses for all of its combined
household purposes in a month." In addition extensive grain production, extensive
use of fertilizers, pesticides, water and petroleum resources are necessary to
sustain our animal agriculture. In many places around the globe, people are barely
surviving while western countries squander not only agricultural but also an
array of other resources that could be used much more effectively and benefit
many more people than is currently being considered.
Our global economy, political institutions, and cultural beliefs are out of synch
with the capacity of the earth to support its people. As a result, our early
21st century civilization moves closer to decline and even possible collapse
in our lifetime. By looking at the root causes surrounding many of these issues,
we conclude that, only by a fundamental shift in thinking and action of our planet-wide
civilization, will we be able to effect the changes necessary to remedy this
dire situation. As a first step, we feel a massive grassroots educational campaign
is needed to illustrate the problems we have created for ourselves, along with
their solutions; and it must be produced and distributed, internationally, to
as many educational institutions and corporate organizations as possible.
Visionary Alternatives, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded
in 1989, whose original mission was to fund opportunities for personal health,
especially for individuals in crisis. But, because of the integral relationship
between the maladies of our people and the critical illness of our planet, we
have expanded our vision and our mission. Visionary Alternatives is now dedicated
to the creation of educational programs and materials that address these international
concerns as they relate to individual health issues and the sustainability of
the planet. This educational agenda will also provide actionable information
so that informed people can receive the tools necessary as well as the profound
ability and intent to implement them so they can affect change both personally
We are seeking endorsements, sponsors, contributors, donors, and volunteers to
make this program a reality. I thank you for your help and support on these very
critical issues, in these very critical times.
Jane Tobal & Dr. Edgar Mitchell